Senior News Editor, Biography.com
Colin McEvoy joined the Biography.com staff in 2023, and before that had spent 16 years as a journalist, writer, and communications professional. He is the author of two true crime books: Love Me or Else and Fatal Jealousy. He is also an avid film buff, reader, and lover of great stories.
The True Story behind the Michael Jordan Movie Air
The Ben Affleck-directed film Air depicts the origins of the Air Jordan shoe line, a huge gamble for Nike that became an enormous success.
Marie Antoinette Series Portrays the Queen as a Feminist Icon, But Some Historians Disagree
The BBC series seems to provide a more modern view of the infamous monarch, but some have criticized this portrayal.
How Pop Singer Rina Sawayama Landed a Role in John Wick: Chapter 4
Rina Sawayama had never been in a movie before, so she was surprised when she got a phone call from the director of the John Wick films.
The Mandalorian Gives Jar Jar Binks Actor Ahmed Best His Long-Awaited Shining Moment
Ahmed Best, who was subjected to harassment and death threats for his performance as Jar Jar Binks, comes full circle in the latest episode of the Star Wars series.
What You Should Know about Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ski Accident and Lawsuit
Gwyneth Paltrow is on trial for a skiing accident that occurred in 2016, but exactly what happened and who caused it is disputed.
The Siege at Waco: Firsthand Accounts of the Deadly Clash
Waco: American Apocalypse, a three-part Netflix docuseries streaming now, reexamines the incident involving David Koresh and the Branch Davidians during of the siege’s 30th anniversary.
Bill Watterson Has a New Book Coming Out. Here’s What He’s Done Since Calvin and Hobbes.
The famously reclusive cartoonist has largely stayed out of the public eye since Calvin and Hobbes ended in 1995.
Who is Kim Jong-un’s Daughter, and Why Has She Been Appearing in Public So Often?
Kim Ju-ae’s public appearances have led to speculation that Kim Jong-un is grooming the 10-year-old as his successor.
Michael Jordan Had These Two Requests for Ben Affleck’s Movie Air
The basketball legend wanted Viola Davis to play his mother and insisted one real-life figure be included in the film.
Jimmy Carter’s Rock Star Buddies: 8 Musicians Who Have Called Him a Friend
Jimmy Carter loves music and has cultivated friendships with many musicians, including Bob Dylan to Willie Nelson.
How the Siege at Waco Inspired Timothy McVeigh’s Oklahoma City Bombing Attack
The fatal Waco clash was a motivating factor that led McVeigh to commit one of the deadliest acts of terrorism in American history.
After True Lies, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Career Fell Into a Slump. Here’s How She Saved It.
Jamie Lee Curtis might never have won her Oscar if she hadn’t returned to her Halloween roots.
Lance Reddick’s 10 Most Memorable Performances, from The Wire to John Wick
Actor Lance Reddick, who died on March 17 at age 60, always brought something special to every role he played.
Dianne Feinstein: 10 Issues She Has Championed During Her Senate Career
The longest-serving woman in U.S. Senate history has announced she will not seek a sixth term in 2024.
The Real People Who Inspired the Ted Lasso Character
Jason Sudeikis has said Ted Lasso is based on elements of multiple people, including real-life coaches and people from his past.
10 Oscar Winners Who Made History at the 2023 Academy Awards
Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Brendan Fraser are among those who established historic firsts at the Oscars.
A Bathrobe Audition Tape Helped Austin Butler Land the Role of Elvis
Austin Butler has received critical acclaim for his role as Elvis Presley in the Baz Luhrmann biopic, but his path to getting the part was unconventional.
Who Gave the Academy Award Its “Oscar” Nickname?
The golden statuette has been called “Oscar” since the 1930s, but the origins of the nickname are a matter of dispute.
Michelle Yeoh Could Win Her First Oscar, but She’s Been Kicking Ass for Decades
From Hong Kong action films to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Michelle Yeoh sometimes puts her life on the line to perform her own stunts.
The 2023 Oscar Nominations Include Several Historic Firsts, Especially for Asian Actors
This year’s Academy Award nominations mark the first time four Asian actors are nominated at the same time.
Oscar Frontrunner Ke Huy Quan Had Quit Acting for Good. Crazy Rich Asians Brought Him Back.
The Everything Everywhere All at Once star had previously left acting behind due to the lack of opportunities for Asian actors.
A Week Before the Oscars, Cate Blanchett Is Dancing Like a Maniac
Just days ahead of the Academy Awards, Cate Blanchett displayed wild dance moves in the new Sparks music video.
Every 2024 Presidential Candidate Who Has Declared So Far
Republicans Donald Trump and Nikki Haley are running for U.S. president, while Marianne Williamson is the first official Democratic candidate in the race.
25 Years After Titanic Topped $1 Billion at the Box Office, James Cameron Is Still Smashing Records
With Titanic and his two Avatar films, director James Cameron has made high-risk box office gambles. He keeps winning them, too.
How the Greensboro Four Sat Down and Changed the World
Four Black students sat at a “whites only” lunch counter in 1960 and sparked the sit-in movement.
This Tuskegee Airman Broke Military Barriers and Survived a Plane Ejection
Clarence “Lucky” Lester had a storied career that included shooting down three enemy planes in a single mission during World War II.
The Cocaine Bear Drug Smuggler Was a Real Person. His True Story Is More Shocking than the Movie.
Cocaine Bear plays fast and loose with a lot of facts, but the story of drug smuggler’s ill-fated plane trip is all too real.
Jimmy Carter Is One of Only Four U.S. Presidents to Win the Nobel Peace Prize
Despite the accomplishments of these men, most of the decisions to honor them were controversial.
Nobody Thought Jimmy Carter Had a Chance in the Presidential Primary. Here’s How He Won It.
The little-known former Georgia governor tied for 12th in early polling, but he had the right plan to win the 1976 Democratic primary.
The Man Behind the First All-Black Basketball Team
At a time when professional basketball was still segregated, the New York Renaissance wouldn’t stop winning.
Raquel Welch Had Mixed Feelings about the Fur Bikini That Brought Her Stardom
Welch became an international sex symbol overnight, but she didn’t want to be defined by her skimpy costume.
These Black Doctors and Nurses Broke New Ground in Health Care
Charles Drew, Mary Mahoney, and James McNune Smith are among the African American pioneers in the medical profession.